Performance-based Sidewalk Contracts for Snow and Ice Control

This paper allows the reader to draw conclusions regarding the potential advantages of providing winter snow and ice maintenance to municipal sidewalks using a performance-based contract. Performance-based contracts essentially have the contractor supply a set cost/km/season price for a sidewalk route based on certain performance standards, regardless of how often it snows. The paper outlines the basis of the contracts and draws comparisons with other contracting methods. It also identifies some of the pitfalls experienced by Halifax Regional Municipality in developing the contracts including managing poor performance, setting expectations for residents and counselors, supervisor training, unclear contract language, record keeping, seasonal evaluations, and post-winter follow-up on damages.


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  • Accession Number: 01151171
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 24 2010 7:42AM